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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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February 01st 2017:The Bourbon Archaeologist: Heritage and Community in Kentucky

In 2016, the Buffalo Trace Distillery hired Kentucky archaeologist Nicolas Laracuente to lead an excavation of the remains of a late-19th century production facility buried and long forgotten underneath the floor of the active distillery. Dubbed the “Bourbon Pompeii,” these largely intact structural remains offer a unique glimpse into the heritage and history of bourbon production in Kentucky. Laracuente, in addition to his official job with the Kentucky Heritage Council, volunteers much of his time to the Jack Jouett Archaeology Project-a public archaeology and oral history program- and to ex

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Nicolas Laracuente

Nick Laracuente is the Site Protection Program Administrator at the Kentucky Heritage Council. While he spends his weekdays doing review and compliance, he devotes his free time to researching Kentucky's whiskey distilling history. He volunteers with the Jack Jouett House Historic Site as the director of the award-winning Jack Jouett Archaeology Project,a community archaeology program. The project focuses on the history of the whiskey industry through the excavation of farm and abandoned industrial distilleries and oral history accounts from project volunteers. Last year, he was hired as the Bourbon Archaeologist by Buffalo Trace Distillery to document and guide the excavation of the remai
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